The Game of Polocrosse
As the name itself implies the game of polocrosse is a combination of polo, lacrosse and netball. It is played on horseback, each player using a cane stick with a squash racquet type head and a loose twisted thread net, in which the ball is carried. The ball is made of thick skinned sponge rubber and is 100mm-103mm in diameter, weighing 140-155 grams.
It is a game that can be played by anyone at any age, and today it is common to see various members of the same family playing the KING OF THE ONE HORSE SPORT.
Each player is permitted only one horse in each match or tournament, except in the case of injury when a substitute horse can be played.
A team consists of six players, divided into two sections of three who play alternate chukkas. Chukkas are a maximum of eight minutes each, with usually 6-8 chukkas comprising a full match.
The total aggregate of goals scored by the two sections in each team constitutes the final score.
The field is 146.5m long and 55m wide, with goal posts 2.5m apart at each end. Infield, 27.5m from each end is a ling extending the width of the field called the penalty line. This line encloses what is known as the “goal scoring area”, and in which only the Number 1 from the attacking team and the Number 3 from the defending team are allowed to play. Directly in front of each goal is a semi circle of 10m radius, and the ball must be thrown at the goal from outside this semi circle but within the goal scoring area.
The number 1 is the only player who can score a goal for the team.
The number 2 is usually the pivot for the team and can only play in the centre area of the field. The number 3 player is the only one who can defend a goal.
The game commences in centre field, the players lining up with the number 1 in front. The ball is thrown in, over arm, by the umpire well above the player’s heads. The game recommences in this way after a goal has been scored.
Whenever an attempt at goal fails the number 3 throws the ball back into play from just behind the penalty line at the point in line with the point at which the ball crossed the back line - the umpire should indicate the spot from which the throw is to be taken.
Players pick the ball up from the ground, or catch it in the net and ride with it, or throw it from player to play until the number 1 is in possession of it in the goal scoring area. A player can not carry the ball over the penalty line, but must bounce it so that they do not have possession while crossing the line, or throw it on the full to another player who is already across the line.
The ball must be carried on the stick side (right handed players carry it on the right, left handed players carry it on the left), but they can pick up or catch that ball on the off side, provided the player brings the stick back to the stick side immediately.
Hitting an opponent’s stick, either to dislodge the ball or prevent the opponent gaining possession is allowed in an upward direction only. Hitting down constitutes fouls.
“Riding off” is allowed, but crossing, stopping on the ball, or elbowing constitutes fouls.
The wedging or sandwiching of one player between two players riding off simultaneously constitutes a foul and is dangerous play.